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help. >> america is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests and common security. but the nations of the middle east cannot wait for american power to crush this enemy for them. the nations of the middle east will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their country, and, frankly, for their families and for their children. it is a choice between two futures, and it is a choice america cannot make for you. a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extreme. >> a shift in tone during the president's second day in saudi arabia. let's talk more about this with cnn political analyst julian z
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sechlt l tch elser. we've just learned that president trump and gulf nation leaders have agreed to meet on an annual basis now. in your view what's the significance of that new agreement? >> well, it's significant and it's part of a broader strategy that president trump has said he wanted to pursue. he wants to try to create some regional stability and peace, combined with the fight against isis by working with the gulf states. again, this is not totally new to president trump. this builds out of several decades since the 1980s where saudi arabia's been a key ally. but i think it's been a successful trip in terms of cementing that agenda for now. >> those gulf nations, that includes bahrain, kuwait, qatar, saudi arabia, and the united arab emirates. how does this help set the next stage of his stop which is israel? >> fred, they think that they -- the closeness with iran was something that really, really
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worried all the gulf states. especially saudi arabia but everybody. the idea of the obamas' treaty with iran -- >> this is the enemy. >> exactly. he's really coming back forcefully to the u.n. nation sunni nations. they've turned a blind eye to his hot rhetoric during the campaign sort of calling islam an enemy of the people, calling for bans on people traveling from a lot of these countries, united states. what they see this as is a real victory. that same thing is what brings them together with israel, ironically. israel was very worried about this treaty with iran and they're very happy that trump is turning away from iran as well. going into israel it is going to be a very similar scene where israel is, likewise, like saudi arabia, very relieved to see the united states coming back to more of what they see as their
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camp. >> julian, the white house would probably like to say this was a very successful trip. what a way to begin what will culminate into an eight/nine days overseas visit. the next stop is israel. but it might be a bit more complicated. >> absolutely. they shouldn't be holding their breath too much. this trip will only get more complicated diplomatically as they get deeper into the discussions of some regional peace agreement. this is obviously an issue that has tripped up almost every single president other than president carter. and at the same time, in no way does this wipe away the very significant scandal and investigation that the administration is struggling with back here in the united states. that will be front page again this week with everything from robert mueller's investigation to comey testifying. so the president is dealing with something difficult in the
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middle east, at the same time that i think there will be a resurgent story about the scandal by monday and tuesday. >> so, jay, before he embarked on this overseas trip it was described by many people he was simply seething, he was upsets with so much controversial surrounding around, the dark cloud hanging over. did he have a little bit more boost in his step? was this confidence building? did we see a different donald trump abroad? >> we certainly have seen a different donald trump abroad that's more on message. the most donald trump's been composed and really sedate. almost having gravitas, giving these very measured speeches, these incredibly sort of calm and almost trying to look presidential abroad. that is in absolute stark contrast to the tweet storms we've been seeing over the last few weeks in terms of the fury going on in terms of comey and the firing and russia and all these different leaks that have been happening, the rumors he's firing his press staff.
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those kinds of things. that is absolutely an image that they wanted on this trip, they wanted to turn the page from all the turmoil here in the united states, then go abroad, and then come back and hopefully reset that whole sort of dynamic. but i think julian's right, that they're coming back into this incredible storm that's not going away. it is only going to get worse. >> this is the president's trip, but it can't go unnoticed that he had quite the contingent. and family is also being showcased for the trump family. he's got his wife, melania there alongside not far behind is ivanka and jared kushner. even ivanka taking his place today in what was expected to be an address to the younger audience during this twitter forum. instead of president trump, it was ivanka trump who addressed them but not really with a huge message. so what's your expectation as to what potentially happened here, julian? is it a mistake that the
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president didn't live up to that expectation, that promise? >> not necessarily. i mean they have always been his best surrogates. i think ivanka has served that important role in the campaign and in the early administration as kind of stronger voice for the administration with a broader constituency. and i think maybe trying to target meniillennials, the ideas to bring her out rather than the president himself who doesn't really resonate with millennials here or around the globe. it is part of this image remaking effort which i'm not convinced will be successful, that the donald trump you heard on the campaign and with the muslim ban, it is a different donald trump that we have now. but my guess is that's part of the effort. and jared jared kushner has always been central to working out this middle east peace agreement, so it is not a surprise that he will have a prominent role flt days ahead. >> fred, if i can just add to that. ivanka is so popular in saudi
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arabia, it is this weird freakish obsess with her, they actually call donald trump abu ivanka, which is father of ivan ka. this is a nod to how popular she is there. >> thanks to both of you. appreciate it. i also want to bring in cnn's nic robertson. he's our international diplomatic editor. so nic, perhaps you can expound a bit more on exactly what happened, why is it that ivanka trump stepped in for the expectation of donald trump's message to this younger audience? >> you know, through the whole afternoon here, fred, the events have been running later and later and ultimately well over an hour late. by the time president trump got to the opening of the counterterrorism center, which is a big deal for the saudis, sort of an explanation with a
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sound and light show and demonstration of how it would work, and all the big tv screens explaining how they were going to track this type of use on social media and how they could differentiate who was pro isis and who was antiisis from social media, that all seemed to run on and take much longer than anticipated. and the king was at that event and the president was at that event and it clearly seemed to run on so long that the tweet event which was set up and ready to go at another location, all the people involved in that were waiting, waiting, waiting. they'd had various speeches, and it was clearly, it seems, that president trump wasn't able to get back to that and the introduction came, and there was a surprise. we were told an introduction, it wasn't going to be president trump and the camera cut back, ivanka. and she gave a very eloquent introduction and thanked all the hosts, the king, the crown prince, the deputy crown prince, before giving an explanation of the importance of reaching the young population in all these
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countries in the region, young population being such a large proportion for the population here. those are the ones targeted by the terrorists. so getting this message out, an important thing to the younger generation. but the real precise nuts and bolts, if you will, what was it that slowed the whole day up, when you stand back and look at this, the saudis have organized three summits in the space of two days. they had the whole gcc, which is a big deal in itself. normally set aside and happening by itself. and you had the arab, and american summit. it ran late. i think it's that simple. it was so big it ran late. >> all right. nic robertson, thank you so much from riyadh. appreciate it so much going on. next up, israel. meantime, as the president tackles issues abroad, his problems back at home still plaguing him and the
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welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield. so while the president continues his first trip abroad, questions continue to swirl back in the u.s. around the investigation into his presidential campaign. this morning, white house national security advisor, h.r. mcmaster, did not deny that president trump talked about firing fbi director james comey during a meeting with russian officials in the oval office. >> i don't remember exactly what the president said, and the notes that they apparently have i do not think are direct transcript. but the gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with russia, to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news. and that was the intention of that portion of the
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conversation. >> joining us right now, cnn correspondent ryan nobles. ryan, there are a lot of threads into this investigation and everything is swirling around the white house. >> where we are right now is robert mueller, former fbi director, is now the special counsel in this case. he's really going to pick up the investigation where the doj left off. he's not going to have to start from scratch. and statement that the same timr takes over the investigation from the federal government side of thinks, we also have the house and senate intel committees who are continuing their inquiry. they're still gathering documents and interviewing witnesses, trying to get bottom of exactly just what role russia played during the united states presidential election and whether or not the trump campaign was involved with that activity. now on top of that we will hear from the former fbi director james comey. he is going to testify in an open hearing of the senate intelligence committee. that could happen some time after memorial day. what we're trying to determine
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here is whether or not the comey firing had anything to do with this investigation into russia. obviously we've heard press reports and we at cnn have been able to confirm from sources close to comey that he did believe that the president was attempting to pressure him to stop that investigation into michael flynn, the former national security advisor. but he's not sure whether or not that rises to the level of obstruction of justice. fred, one thing to point out is that republicans are really hopeful that with mueller in place now as special counsel in the case, all these leaks that continue to come out day after day will now be reined in so that they can get back to the business of their legislative agenda, talking about repealing and replacing obamacare, tax reforms, all these things they talked about at the beginning of the trump presidency have been put in the rear-view mirror because of all this activity with russia. >> a lot of side-tracking. a lot of reference has been made
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to investigation by predecessors. but john mccain says this has whole a whole different kind of level. >> with the appointment of mr. mueller, we're now at that stage of a scandal. and now the question is how is it handled. is it handled the way watergate was where drip, drip, drip, every day, more and more. or would we handle it like ronald reagan handled iran-contra? a scandal. he fired people. he went on national television and said we made mistakes, we did wrong and we're not going to do it again, and the miles an hour people let him move forward. >> is there any way of knowing how this white house handles this investigation simultaneous to trying to govern? >> i think the point senator mccain's making here, fred, is that scandal doesn't necessarily mean the president did something wrong. if he hanltd it lidled it like reagan, he'd be up front, fire people, and then try to move past it. but if we have any indication of
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how the trump administration's handled themselves up until to point, seems as though it is going to continue to be deny, deny, deny and trying to get in the way of any type of investigation. but we do know people at the white house have discussed the possibility of impeachment, what that means and whether they have to bring in a special set of lawyers. it seems as though they are prepared for the worst even if they hope it doesn't get to that point. >> ryan nobles, thanks so much. president trump said this isn't a battle between religions but a war between good and evil. that message while abroad. still ahead, how trump's evolving message on faith and islam will be received by muslims. s built with passion... but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business... which adds fuel to my bottom line.
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of the world's great faiths." he appears to be trying to combat terrorism while extending an olive branch to muslims. here is what he said in morning in saudi arabia. >> this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people all in the name of religion. >> let's talk about all of this. want to bring in the author of the book "in the land of invisible women." welcome back. reuben sheikh, a former extremist and counterterrorism operative. good to see you again as well. so, to both of you, trump's comments seemed miles away from the rhetoric that he used on the campaign trail when he openly criticized islam and many islamic countries.
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so did he gain new respect? >> i think tremendously so. however, having just visited cairo and spending time with leading sunni scholars, there they told me we know candidate trump is not president trump. the islamic world is mature enough to understand u.s. presidential cycles. and i actually think this was a very profound way to describe the struggles that we are having, which i believe are emerging from inside islam, to describe them as good versus evil? we think of the concept of jihal jiha jihalia, almost like the dark ages when there was no enlightenment, no civilization. that's almost what he was confronting and i thought it was a very diplomatic way. even though i spent two to three years arguing about the importance of using the words "zt "islamist," today the challenges
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are so big and overarching i don't think it matters in the muslim world if you said islamic, radical islam, jihadist or if you said extremist. it all covers one. the saudi king himself talk about the actions of iranian jihadists in 1979. so i feel it was very well done. >> so that the president would say this is a battle between good and evil, does that send the message that this is less about a battle of religions? >> well, i mean i don't know how much we want to read into it. maybe that's our job to do, analysts who take it up afterwards. >> how do you suppose the muslim nation leaders are interpreting it then? >> well, look. they have a very realistic approach to the united states. they understand candidate trump versus the actual trump. they understand that trump has even pitched himself as a business plan. he's going over there to do his business. you can see in the supposed
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muslim ban, saudi arabia was not on it. we heard a lot of talk about most of the hijackers coming from saudi arabia, what we call the wahhabi ideology, poisoning and infecting the muslim world. but i think you also have to look at the role of dictatorships and monarchies and just these styles of government. remember, harsh government styles, autocratic governments, tend to produce autocratic religious interpretations as well. there are many layers of this that need to be picked apart. >> trump urging countries to unify behind a common enemy this morning. take a listen. >> until the iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations and countries must work together to isolate it, deny it, funding for terrorism, and not do it. >> he's talking about unifying against iran. >> to me, this was the single most breathtaking moment in a
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speech that i will remember through my lifetime because not only did he have the gall to name iran, which we know is a pseudo democracy and thoroughly islamist, no matter how sophisticated their diplomats and their cabinet ministers are and their leaders are, that is their theory. not just hezbollah which is holding lebanon hostage, or hezbollah within iran's inference within the houthis or other disruptions that they're creating. but that he also named iran's involvement in syria to me was just staggering and brave and very, very welcome in the muslim world, which is just nauseated by the suffering of the syrians, but also quite limited in their ability to change them. >> did this resonate with you in the same way? >> yeah. i think the giving comfort to the saudis, sunnis or gcc gulf countries against iran is the
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overarching thing. the gazillion dollar weapons deal, i mean it is about iran. it is about keeping the influence of iran at bay. understand, this is a bigger geopolitical game. you can see the u.s. and russia at it as the two big players. but then everyone else in if between. the iranian shias. also deploying the iraqi shias and almost sorting to occupy sunni syria and in letting this suffering, this genocide in syria continue. it will be side of -- again, any are very realistic. they understand in a kingdom, they do the foreign relations stuff, they do all the business stuff that needs to be done, but it will be business as usual in these gulf countries. >> of course, fredricka, not to demonize iranians, we have a very healthy and driving iranian community here in the united states. the iranians in 2009 were appealing for western democratic intervention in the velvet revolution which was one of the early and fatal mistakes of the obama administration not to hear
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those calls. the iranians themselves are limited to suffering by this islamic ideology. the united states has gone into bed with iranian who are now fighting alongside hezbollah, alongside isis in iraq while they dismantle lebanon. it was very difficult but it was extremely brave and that means the gloves are off. iran is on notice on the day that they just announced their new presidential election results. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thank you so much to both of you. appreciate it. coming up, north korea fires another ballistic missile amid the president's first foreign trip. are they trying to send a message to president trump? ♪
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launched near the west coast and landed in the sea of japan, also known as the east sea. is kim jong-un sending a warning to the u.s.? cnn's alexandra field has more from seoul. >> reporter: hey there, fredricka. kim jong-un and the regime in north korea clearly that they will not be cowed, not by the sanctions that have been levied against north korea, not by threat of the further sanctions issued in the aftermath of another ballistic missile launch just one week ago. one week later they are firing ofl another ballistic missile, this time a medium-range missile that landed in the water off the coast of the korean peninsula. immediately after that launch you saw japan and south korea call for meetings of their national security council. the white house also recognizing the most recent launch. this launch being condemned by both japan and south korea. south korean government officials calling this a gesture that powers cold water from
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north korea on the intentions of the south korean government and the international community to create peace on the peninsula and to lead the way toward denuclearization. don't forget, fredricka, that this is the second police tick missile that has been fired by north korea since south korea's new president took office under two weeks ago. this is a president who's advocated for greater engagement with north korea. it is about a dozen times now that north korea has fired off a ballistic missile since president trump took office. fredricka? >> all right, alexandra field in seoul. next, coming up, president trump makes a speech to the muslim world without using the line that he had condemned president obama and others for avoiding. >> we have a leader that doesn't even want to discuss the name of the problem. and the problem is -- radical islamic terrorism. >> so what's different now what
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cnn has learned from a senior white house official that president trump and the gulf nation leaders have agreed to meet on an annual basis. i want to bring back cnn's nic robertson from riyadh. he's our international diplomatic editor. nic, what is the significance of this agreement? >> fred, it seems like a commitment to keep going what's been started here. it's one thing to sort of open a counterterrorism center, as president trump did with the saudi king today. it looks great. but clearly there's a need or the feeling of a need to follow up and make sure that these things that are discusses here are actually followed through. the gcc, the gulf cooperation council -- that's kuwait, ba ran, united arab emirates,
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qatar, oman, as well as saudi arabia. saudi arabia the biggest player here. but it will be a way that everyone can keep up to speed and keep on track and continue the commitment in the promises that they've made. but a year, as we know, is a long time between such meetings. certainly the gcc, amongst itself, will meet many, many times in that space before they sit again with president trump. but it does seem to be a real commitment from president trump that this wasn't just a one-off. this trip just wasn't a one-day or two-day visit, that is he committed to the region, that he is coming back and he is there and he has got their backs and is there to support him. >> i'll try to make it quick. so how might this be received around the world, this kind of commitment for this annual meeting? >> look, i think there's going to be concern in iran.
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there was a lot of anti-iranian speech today. the king, king salman, saying they're behind the terrorism in the region. president trump amplified that as well by blaming iran for funding and fueling terrorism in the region as well. so when you have a bloc of countries separated by 120 miles of water across the persian gulf the there, with iran on the other side, that puts tensions pretty high. that's within missile range. that's within easy aircraft strike distance range. so any understanding between the countries -- a year august sgo saudis pulled their ambassador out of iran, so tensioned are pretty high at the moment. i think in the context of all of that, it leaves the region at the moment, particularly with that increased military build-up, $109 billion of military spending coming this
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way from the united states to saudi arabia in equipment and other gulf countries as well, it leaves perhaps tensions here now hearing all that rhetoric of what's going to follow it, leaves them somewhat higher. >> nic robertson, thank you so much. appreciate that. like clockwork that wind storm moved in around this time yesterday. so now we know. so in president trump's speech to the muslim world today, he called for muslim nations to join the fight against terror and made it clear the u.s. was not at war with islam. the president promised the predominantly muslim audience that he was "not here to lecture," and avoided any suggestion about human rights violations in the region. secretary of state rex tillerson said the president has learned a lot during this brief trip. >> chris, i think this is one of the great attributes of this president, is that he is willing to call issues out, confront them, speak very plainly and bluntly about them.
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and in many ways, that motivates these countries to want to understand why the feelings in the u.s. are the way they are, but also to engage, to address those. i think that is what we are seeing in this visit to riyadh, this visit to the country that is the custodian of the two holy mosques. the president himself has said he has learned a lot on this trip and he has learned a lot about the people. he's learned a lot about their culture. i think this is a really important process in terms of how we move forward with this relationship between the muslim world and the non-muslim world. >> cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott joining us now. so clearly, invaluable lessons come with being abroad, having face to face ties, seeing the region that you were talking about from afar. >> that's right. i mean, look, let's be honest. he's only seen the opulence, he hasn't really met "the people" of the arab world. but i think really this is his
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first introduction to the islamic world and muslims. he's been thinking of this group of people as terrorists, now he's listening to their leaders and learning a little bit more, that islam is actually a faith, that these people have families, that they have hopes and dreams for their kids. i think that's a really important education for this president. he's not someone who's traveled widely abroad. and when he does, he's really in one of his hotels. >> it is different as a diplomat. >> he's used to his hotels or conference room and now he's getting exposed to this. people made a lot about all those ceremonies and stuff, but i think it is really important for the president to learn that these are actual people with lives. >> has he also raised expectations then that perhaps the next time, whether it is to meet with these five other middle eastern gulf nations next year, annually, that in this case he almost brought gifts, a business commitment or further of existing business deals, military an arms, et cetera.
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has he raised the bar? >> i think what people are going to look for is a continuation of this. this president is very transactional so he came with this deal for the saudis, the arms deal. you know. that gave him a little bit of leverage. but that's a lot of money and it is going to be carried over the term of his presidency. i don't think we're going to be able to see those kind of deals every year. so now he has to follow it up with what we call in diplomacy kind of tending the garden of continuing to show these leaders that the u.s. is there for them. that's going to take the work of his team. >> it will be a different technique, a different message as he embarks on israel. he's not going to come bearing gifts. tantamount to what we're seeing here in saudi arabia. so what is the expectation amid can he look for the kind of measured successes that he's able to enjoy here? >> don't forget, he already gave israel that gift, that big mou of hundreds of billions of dollars of u.s. military aid over the next ten years.
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so that was the gift. but i think it is going to be tough for him and israel after this saudi arms deal. the israelis are a little bit concerned that that will kind of lower their -- what they call -- qualitative military edge. they want to make sure that they did compete with all these arab countries in their neighborhood to make sure their military's strong enough. but i think that as the president becomes more educated with the arab and muslim world and sees not just the muslim world but the israeli-palestinian. conflict from both sides, that's going to be a real education for him. and that's going to be difficult for israel. up until now, he's only seen this through the israeli lens dealing with israel, dealing with the jewish community. now he's going to go to bethleh bethlehem. he's going to see that big wall, that big wall between israel and the palestinian territories that he's cited as a model for his wall along the border. and he's going to see how that impacts the palestinians' lives.
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i think as he learns more, in the arab world, in the palestinian territories, about the conflict, about how it's affecting everybody's lives, it may not be so black and white for him. he's always said he's the strong one for israel. it might be a little bit more -- >> he said it would be easy. >> he's going to finds out it is not that easy. >> what will be a win for him once he were to leave israel? how le measush will he measure ? >> i think he wants to get out of israel with an energy about a peace process that both leaders can say that they believe that this man is -- that this leader is committed to peace and that they're on board. i think it is going to be i think the diceyest visit for him because he's coming from this strong showing with the arab leaders. he needs to show equal respect for israel and that the u.s. is a strong partner for israel. i think he wants to get out of the israel and palestinian
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territories without any real going off script, any mess-ups, and just kind of stay focused on what he calls negotiating the ultimate deal. it is going to be i think the most interesting part of the trip, especially the trip to bethlehem. >> all very fascinating, thank you so much, elise labott. coming up, a police officer's instincts kick in after a little boy seen wandering around by himself suddenly disappears from sight. >> seconds later, i see elijah basically drowning right there in the pond. >> oh, my goodness. that quick action, it likely saved this little boy's life. next. there's this rhetoric of a standard of muslimness. and that's dangerous. >> a lot of the misunderstanding ofs islam who to do with who the muslims are. >> you are taking my religion and killing it as a devout muslim. that's not what my god taught
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me. >> i don't support homosexuality. >> in our religion, it is forbidden. >> who you was it to grow up in the muslim faith and be gay? >> i think that you can be gay and muslim at the same time. >> this part of our beliefs is to always have hope. islam has always been part of the american fabric. >> we will just continue to strive as citizens of this country. this is what the mosque is all about. >> people need to wake up. >> there is who we are. this is what we stand for. mmmm. mmmm. mmmm... ugh. nothing spoils a moment like heartburn. try new alka-seltzer ultra strength heartburn relief chews. it's fast, powerful relief with no chalky taste. [ sings high note ] ultra strength, new from alka-seltzer. enjoy the relief. ykeep you that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you.
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after he got home, he endured another fight, struggling for years with alcohol, drugs and ptsd. when he eventually got his life together, he realized that many of his fellow veterans were still in need of his help. >> i'd see veterans on the street. marines do not leave anyone behind. we take our dead and our wounded with us or we don't go. and that pledge means the world to any one of us. and so to see that code being broken shocked me into action. >> see the action that bob adams took to help his fellow veterans and find out more about his work. go to where you can also nominate a cnn hero. in kansas, a police officer spotted an autistic toddler walking alone in a park.
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the officer knew instantly something was wrong. he looked around, no adults nearby. and then suddenly toddler disappeared from his view. the cop scoured the park and found the boy gasping for air in a pond. as cnn's stephanie elam shows us, the officer's body camera captured stunning video of his dramatic rescue. >> reporter: had police officer aaron bullmer arrived at topeka's central park any later the outcome could have been tragic. he was responding to a robbery call. what he found was a 3-year-old autistic boy who desperately needed help. >> i turned and looked and see a small child about 100 yards away about. >> did you see any adults nearby? what were you looking for? >> no adults. as i glanced at him, he looked like my own son. i went around the block but i lost sight of him. and that concerned me. >> reporter: following his zbut, he gets out of his police cruiser. >> two or three seconds later i
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see elijah basically drowning right there in the pond. >> reporter: the officer breaks into a sprint. >> hey! >> reporter: elijah is wallowing face down in the water. >> he was struggling. then i saw his face in the water. i could see that he was just gasping for air. >> reporter: without breaking a stride, officer balmer jourms jum jumps inelijah. he's standing in the pond and calls for an ambulance before land ng the boy to a good samaritan. meanwhile, elijah's father is franticly looking for his son. with his wife at work and their four other children at church, jacob had given elijah some chock lolate milk and put on hi favorite tv show and even checked to make surety doors were locked. >> he said he went to the bathroom. when he came out, went to look for him in the bedroom. pe looked in the opposite direction and realized the back
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door was standing open. >> reporter: elijah he a parents didn't realize their youngest son figured out how to undo the locks. since he was wearing socks, he maids no noise as he slipped out. father and son were reunited at the ambulance after officers heard him yelling for elijah. thankfully, elijah is okay. what do you think would have happened if officer balmer hadn't spotted elijah in the park? >> i fear that i would have lost a child that day. >> he would have drown. i would have said 30 seconds to a minute. but if i wasn't there, he would have drowned. >> reporter: but thanks to his training as a police officer, and his instincts as a parent, that wasn't the case. stephanie elam, cnn, topeka, kansas. >> wow. close call. and that is a hero. in this week's "parts unknown," anthony bourdain shows that you don't have to travel very far to experience food and culture from around the world. just take a visit to queens, new
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york. >> reporter: interested in wonderlands where you can eat your way through various countries of central america or asia? africa. >> immerse yourself in cultures not your own? you don't have to go far. it's right across the river. ♪ >> reporter: magical place. an enchanted wonderland of diversity and deliciousness called -- queens. >> i walk out the door every day and everybody here needs to hustle. everybody's trying to make it. it's the borrowed dreams. >> i love this place. >> you know if the american dream is alive, i think it is alive in places like queens. >> i want to show you. >> if i'm not traveling out of the current, thenky travel here and still be in the world.
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>> now for a serving of "parts unknown," tonight 9:00 eastern, right here on cnn. thanks so much for being with me. we have so much more with ana cabrera. here in the "cnn newsroom," i'm ana cabrera in new york. thanks for being with us. we begin with president trump's message to muslims worldwide and how it is resonating with ash leaders and every day people in the region and around the globe. the president in his first speech abroad urged muslim nations to purge their communities of the "foot soldiers of evil" and prevent terrorists from finding sanctuary on their soil. trump asked muslim leaders to unite with america in the global fight against terror. >> this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. this is a


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